Where to Buy Organic Fabric Online?

Buying Organic Fabrics Online

Finding organic fabrics locally is nearly impossible, at least in my area. While I can spend hours creating an organic meal to serve to my family, and serving it in my chemical free kitchen, I have a real problem supplying them with safe fabric napkins and tablecloths.

The Internet is a fabulous source of all kinds of organic and fair trade fabrics, and I was amazed at the selection. I have learned about fabrics I did not even know existed, like cruelty free Tussah Silk. Most online shops allow you to purchase swatches, and I suggest that you do so to be sure that you are getting what you want in color and texture.

A lot of the shops also carry notions, batting, and buttons of natural and recycled materials. In this way you can create an entire project that you can feel good about.

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Near Sea Naturals

Near Sea Naturals is not only a purveyor of organic fabrics and supplies but is very concerned with the ethics involved in the production of fabrics and sewing notions. They want to know where their products come from, how they are made, and which producers and suppliers are involved. By knowing these things they can carry only products that they feel good about selling, and you feel good about buying.

They carry sustainable, organic, and ethical fabrics and notions of all types. Remember that silk I was telling you about? Well this is where I found it. Apparently, the silkworm is allowed to hatch from the cocoon before the cocoon is harvested. The moth cuts through the silk fiber of the cocoon, and as a result, the fibers are shorter than if the cocoon is steamed with live silkworm inside as in the standard silk gathering process. These small fibers are hand loomed in India to produce an irregular, woven fabric that is gorgeous!

New Sea Naturals carries buttons made form coconut, bamboo and other natural, sustainable materials.

Organic Cotton Plus

I found more homespun types of fabrics at Organic Cotton Plus. Organic cotton flannels, denims, and chambrays at reasonable prices are a big part of this company's offerings. Knits, terrys, and organic laces also can be found on this site.

110 inch organic cotton sheeting is available on site, as well as other wide widths of organic fabrics. Any of the dyed fabrics are colored with low impact dyes, according to the Global Organic Textile Standard. The patterned fabrics are rustic, retro, and very unique.

I fell in love with the hand made organic laces. They are beautiful, perfect for any heirloom sewing project. My concern is that the lace is made in Slovenia, out of fiber that is grown in Peru. That seems like a lot of traveling to me, and would seem to add a bit to the size of the carbon footprint of the lace.

They also carry organic cotton batting, as well as loose organic cotton for stuffing toys and pillows. The company is owned and run by women. They have a commitment to sustainable business practices, as well as supporting programs in their area that support battered women and children.

Vreseis, Ltd.

Vreseis is a fabulous site. Not only do they carry organic artisan fabrics, but also fiber of all sorts; sliver, fleece, and artisan yarns.

This site is the hardest to explain in words, you will have to check it out yourself. Everything is very much hand done, organic, sustainable, and wonderful. If you have always wanted to spin cotton sliver here is a fantastic resource for several different, natural colors of it.

PM Organics

If you have been unhappy with the choices of fabrics and colors so far, wishing for something brighter, perhaps, then PM Organics is the place for you to go next.

This company was born out of a co-op for women who sewed diapers. Two of them, Pei and Marie decided to pool funds and buy as much organic fabric as they could and try to sell it. They seem to have done well.

As the site comes up you are immediately greeted by exuberant pinks and oranges. There are many types, styles, and colors of fabrics to choose from. This is a good source for organic hemp, fleece and thermal fabrics, and interlock, which are all great for making organic cloth diapers for your baby.

They have announced that they are unable to stock organic notions at this time.

KidBean

Kidbean handles organic cotton fabrics specifically for sewing projected geared toward children. Their vegan, earth friendly policy carries through all of the products, and the company was started by a mom, so when she says that a fabric is long lasting, I am guessing you can believe it.

The company carries other vegan, sustainable, and earth-friendly products besides fabrics.

No More Excuses

There are no more excuses for not sewing, and no more excuses for sewing with cheap, chemical laden fabrics that will fall apart after the first wash. Check out some of these sites, choose your fabric, and create something wonderful.

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kim & tasha 3 years ago

we have a huge selection of organic textiles, cloth diaper making fabrics and supplies!!

www.simplififabric.com :)


Karen Daniel 4 years ago

Hi and thank you so much for this post! I would like to add my shop to your list - www.honeybegood.com. Our focus right now is on organic quilting and apparel poplins. We also carry a selection of hemp linen. Check us out!


Claudia 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this! It was incredibly helpful!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Thanks for providing this great information. For those of us allergic to the formaldehyde and other chemicals in conventional fabrics, this is very useful. Organic fabrics are not only good for the environment but for us too!


robyn gibbes 4 years ago

Great info. Great list. Thank you. Would love you to discover Cashllama - an amazing new luxury fibre that major fashion houses are just starting to discover.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

I did not know that you can buy fabric..Great resource


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

This is a good resource to keep in mind. Thanks for putting this together.


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Daniella Lopez 4 years ago from Arkansas

Thank you so much for this hub! I have been trying to find companies that produce organic fabrics, but have had very little luck. You've saved me some time in my research. :D Thanks again!


nikki 5 years ago

I happy to find this info, I make hats and hats with hair for people with hair loss issues, and am determined to step up my game and make them from fabric made with intention and thought.


Avid Sewer! 5 years ago

What a great resource! Will defo be checking out these gems.

There's also a great selection of organic fabrics from the online shop (based in the UK):

www.offsetwarehouse.com !


Yvonnie Ametin 5 years ago

Great article...Enjoyed the the information...going to check out companies. Thank you.


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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

I had to awesome this!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great idea that really attracted my attention fast.thanks for sharing.


EveAllease 5 years ago

wonderful! i'm on a 365 journey to become greener and more organic on the cheap. a friend found this and shared it. thank you for this post :-)


Caitlin 5 years ago

Thanks for this great resource!

For folks who want fabric in smaller quantities -- by the yard, or even fat quarters -- my online shop is also an option: FiberOrganics.com. I carry hemp and organic cotton fabric, prints, and also knitting yarn.


Jelly Roll Fabrics 5 years ago

Wow... it hadn't even occurred to me before to look for organic fabric, given that in my mind fabric itself was "organic". Thanks for the interesting read!


Silk Fabric 5 years ago

Really a good hub page with an informative contents.

Also one can find all types fabric products on our site.

Thanks. Keep it up


Emmet 5 years ago

Fabrics-textiles.com is one of the only sources for printed, plaid and striped organic cotton fabrics, as well as naturally (herb) dyed organic cottons.


Tracy 6 years ago

I am researching organic fabrics to make clothing and accessories for babies and children. Thanks for the list! Unfortunately it looks like Kidbean just closed for business on July 1st. :(


Shannon Caton 6 years ago

Thanks so much for this, my sister and I are looking at starting an organic clothing line for babies, and for dogs this was very help full!


ephrem bogues 6 years ago

I've just started making cushions for meditation and this resource for ethical/sustainable materials for covers is a great help--thank you.


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine

This is great, I just started a home fashion design business and have been searching for organic fabrics, thank you very much. There are so many reasons to use organic fabrics. Thank you very much.


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baby-gifts 6 years ago

I have yet to find organic fabric in my own local fabric stores. Thank you for these resources.


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from Ireland

Nice work. Thanks for sharing..


Prabu SEO 6 years ago

excellent hub this is. people can buy silk fabrics online here

www.silkuneed.com


Tracy Monroy 6 years ago

Great Hub! I have not heard of organic Fabric before, this is very interesting to read about! What would your favorite type of fabric be?


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IntimatEvolution 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Great hub.


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organized living 8 years ago from Magnolia, AR

organic cotten'R'us nice looking resource.


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organized living 8 years ago from Magnolia, AR

organic cotten'R'us nice looking resource.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Very good information. I am a strong believer in really natural fibres. Better for us as individuals, better for the environment.


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carolinecollard 8 years ago from Rhayader

It's great. I have been looking for a long time for this information.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Excellent Hub. There is a company 1 mile from me that makes organic fiber diapers for babies and also adults that need them. I believe organic and natural fibers can very much reduce stress. This happened for me when I swtiched away fomr any polyester fabric at all.

Thanks for the hub!

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